From MT to WP

Well, I’ve been fiddling with WordPress for a while, and tonight I’ve bit the bullet and made the switch from Movable Type to WordPress. Since I had a heck of a time finding one site that had all the right steps, I’ve decided to document it here for posterity. My biggest challenge was that I had originally started using Brad Choate’s Textile plugin, but had recently switched to Markdown. I decided to go the extra step and convert my MT export entries that were Textile coded into raw HTML. It wasn’t simple. Read on for the detailed instructions.

Does RSS make web layout irrelevant?

So, I'm sitting here running through my daily ritual of reading RSS feeds, and I stumble upon this entry on Om Malik's blog. In it, he mentions it's been a busy week: they signed on some sponsors, had a party, and … launched a new look.

Wait a minute, he launched a new look? I load it up, and sure enough — it's got a new look. (Not that I had any reason to believe that Om wasn't telling the truth, mind you)

That made me think, especially since I've just gotten done re-doing the layout of my blog — is layout and design irrelevant in the world of RSS subscriptions? I don't think it's quite irrelevant yet, but I think it's going to be that way soon, once the wonders of RSS become more widely used.

What are the web designers to do?

hooray for movable type!

So I've been working on ways to get my static pages into MT and have followed Brad Choate's instructions as far as creating a second blog to hold static content. So far, so good.

But then came my problem: how to get data from the static blog categories into the main index on the normal blog? I found the tags for MTCategories, MTCategoryArchiveList, and MTCategoryLabel, but that would only pull info out of the main blog!

So, off to Google I went. Lo and behold, someone else had the problem before me and solved it with MTOtherBlog. Have I mentioned I love MT yet?

Oh, and I've donated some money Six Apart, the people who wrote MT. My website will now show up in their “Recently Updated” list every time I make an update. Snazzy, huh? And after a few days, my website will be listed on their Donor List. So, if you're seeing this after clicking my link off the MT webpage, welcome!

getting things back in order

Well, I'm still working on getting things punched back in. The FreeBSD pages are back online, as are the Home Automation pages (albeit not much to see in the Home Automation section). I'm still trying to find some time (ha!) to do some HTML and CSS changes to the site to make things look a little better. The banner at the top is first on my list of things to change, I think. It's a little, well, boring right now.

In other news, TAMU spanked Baylor yesterday 73-10. (Hi, Chris!)